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Stavanger, Norway (2001 – present)

Sirenia is a band from Stavanger, Norway.

Sirenia came together in early 2001, when Morten Veland parted ways with his former band Tristania due to musical disagreements and personal differences.

Sirenia combines strong melodic instrumentals, keyboard synthesis, and guitar works with light, female vocals (Fabienne Gondamin, Henriette Bordvik, Monika Pedersen, and currently Ailyn), male death vocals, and a choir. Current band members are Morten Veland (programming, growling, clean vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards), Ailyn (female vocals), Jan Erik Soltvedt (guitars) and Jonathan Perez (drums). Most of Sirenia’s songs are atmospheric, yet intense with melodic backgrounds and interludes. The lyrics are concerned with human existence, emotion, and mental states.

Sirenia (at first called “Masters of Sirenia”), named after the Sirens of Greek mythology, was founded in 2001 after Morten Veland left Tristania. The band failed to find a suitable singer prior to recording in France, so they conducted auditions and found Fabienne Gondamin for the recording session of At Sixes and Sevens.

On the subsequent tour and follow-up album, An Elixir for Existence, Gondamin was replaced by Henriette Bordvik.

On September 13, 2005, it was announced that Bordvik would be leaving the band, and the search for a new singer commenced. Bordvik’s replacement, Monika Pedersen of the band Sinphonia, was introduced on April 10, 2006. In the same year, Bjørnar Landa (from Artifact) joined the band as a guitarist.

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  • rusverm

    http://vk.com/kritikarokpesen?w=wall-51140227_4154 лучшая легкая песня с женским вокалом в живую?

    17 Oct 2:41pm Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    hahahaha yeah its a little generic isn't it? I do really love the whole idea of Ailyn's vocals imitating Vibeke's, will she sing like that more on the new album you think? Honestly I think its a change from those vocals on the first two albums

    17 Oct 12:28am Reply
  • RunAwayFromHere

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzH07io3Ze4 check Enemy Of Reality amazing song 'Needle Bites' featuring Ailyn.

    16 Oct 6:19pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    As did Monika, Henriette and Fabienne before her. And if you ask me, Morten being the only composer accounts for the lack of fresh ideas.

    15 Oct 3:09am Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    So Ailyn just sings? LOL Awesome.

    15 Oct 1:57am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Morten writes everything.

    14 Oct 9:58pm Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    For some reason I thought she was more involved I don"t know why. I knew Morten wrote the lyrics.

    11 Oct 11:49pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Ailyn has no say in the musical direction and songwriting of Sirenia. The “pop edge” has nothing to do with her as much as with Morten’s songwriting.

    7 Oct 11:52am Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    Actually Stille Kom Doden actually is a song that I think is authentic with the sadness I really think thats one of the best songs on that album

    6 Oct 12:27am Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    I see exactly what @DorianVonEden means, I feel the sorrow is more authentic with a band like Draconian perhaps.Although I felt Glades of Summer was not faking it as much as the songs with Ailyn, she has lent a pop edge to Sirenia's songs I like it but its not always as morose; maybe the song Enigma of Life came close but its a little whiney.

    3 Oct 11:20pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    I understand you. I feel this way sometimes, but the lyrics not always affect my mood. Actually, I feel way better listening to some songs that are depressing, in the other hand, happy songs depress me. I'm weird... I don't know... I actually like the "gothic" and dramatic lyrics with the atmosphere of the music. That's what I write and read on books, so... :p

    26 Sep 11:00pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    vv It was cliché ten years ago, now it's irredeemably mouldy. :P Just joking (kind of), but I think Morten really overdoes it to the point it sounds fake. I myself am mildly depressed, have suffered a loss a few months ago, and have had my fair share of heartbreak: to be honest, the way Morten emphasises that kind of moods feels like a parody of what I have felt or am feeling in real life. I respect and appreciate the artists who use music as a catharsis for such feelings, and am okay with poetry making things more dramatic than they actualy are... but that's just not it. It is gratuitous glamourisation of grief, depression and death for the sake of sounding gothic, and I find it a bit disrespectful to people who really go through that in their everyday life.

    26 Sep 9:22pm Reply
  • manynotes2

    If you like female fronted bands with catchy tracks check LOVELORN DOLLS http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Lovelorn+Dolls New album in October!!

    22 Sep 11:57am Reply
  • Joaomob

    v I don't think so. They're poetic and dramatic. Yes, it could be less cliché, but that's actually what you would find in any romantic period, mainly in gothic/dark/ultra-romantic.

    20 Sep 5:20pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    New album? OMG... Let's hope the material continues the same way as Perils of the Deep Blue [8] yes, but Morten, pleeeeeease, stop with the siren thing and try another theme... and don't forget the numbers. :D

    11 Sep 12:45pm Reply
  • reyklam

    Meridian is fucking adictive!

    31 Aug 4:03am Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    I hope Ailyn sings more choral parts on the new album like she does in Seven Widows Weep I listen to that verse over and over....

    17 Aug 12:06am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    v Well, they also sound like the main songwriter's previous band's first two albums from 17 years ago. Morten was never renowed for his innovativeness.

    11 Aug 10:53pm Reply
  • Piotr1981

    I've only heard a small handful of songs from the past several albums (I only own a copy of "On Sixes and Seevens), so feel free to disregard me. Still, is it just my ignorance or do their songs really sound pretty much alike from album to album?

    11 Aug 10:02am Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    Let's hope the material continues the same way as Perils of the Deep Blue<<<<<<<<<YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 Aug 3:34am Reply
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